Univision Team Released from Detention, Deported from Venezuela

Univision Team Released from Detention, Deported from Venezuela

Kerry Wise
February 27, 2019

On the night of February 25th, U.S. Spanish-speaking TV network Univision informed that its main news anchor Jorge Ramos and his crew of six were held at Miraflores Palace when their interview with Nicolás Maduro was halted after 17 minutes.

Though Univision's USA news president Daniel Coronell tweeted the crew had been released and we're going back to their hotel, no phone contact has been made with the crew.

Univision stated that President Nicolas Maduro didn't like the questions Ramos asked during an interview. "They think the interview is theirs and not ours".

Following the interview Ramos said all his equipment was confiscated.

"Apparently @jorgeramosnews was able to call his office & was in the middle of explaining that #Maduro had detained him when the phone was taken from him & the call ended", Rubio said. Violent and deadly protests continue over US -backed opposition leader Juan Guaidó's challenge to Maduro's power.

"He just couldn't stand it", Ramos said of Maduro's reaction to the garbage-eating video.

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"According to Rodriguez, Jorge Ramos insulted Maduro and that's why they took that decision, " Janiot said. Kimberly Breier, the State Department's assistant secretary in the bureau of Western hemisphere affairs, tweeted that the State Department had been told of the detention and "insist on their immediate release; the world is watching".

Shortly before the town hall, Univision announced on Twitter that Ramos and the team working with him were "being arbitrarily detained at the Miraflores Palace in Caracas".

"Then we discussed the fraud [election] that happened here in May 2018, also the reports of torture and human rights abuses and political prisoners".

The Venezuelan government had set up multiple interviews with American journalists amid the country's deepening crisis.

Maduro's legitimacy as president has been called into question since he was re-elected last May amid claims of vote-rigging. Zamora said it was originally scheduled for 2:30 p.m., but kept being postponed.

The episode unfolded on the same day that US Vice President Mike Pence met with Guaido in Bogota, Colombia.